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Your Life is Your Story, Issue #050 – Preparing Your Story
February 24, 2008
"Your past is your story up to now. The future is the story yet to come. The present is where you live with that experience, your hopes and your dreams."
Your Life is Your Story Newsletter
February 24, 2008
Issue #050 – Preparing Your Story
From Tom Gilbert – Editor and Writer, www.your-life-your-story.com
In this Issue:
Opening remarks: It’s Gold
Featured Article: Preparing Your Story
Resources You Can Use: Your Life Changing Event, MemoryPress, The Highlight Site
Opening Remarks: It’s GoldHello again, friends. This, the February edition of the Your Life is Your Story newsletter, is gold. I don’t say that to brag (ok, maybe a little). What I mean is that this is the 50th issue – a golden anniversary! That is one issue a month for over 4 years now. For those readers who’ve been with me for a while, thank you. And for those of you who are new, welcome, and thanks for subscribing. I hope that this e-zine gives you some encouragement, thoughtful ideas, and good resources for you to “tell your story”.
I’ve been a member of an organization that supports and promotes preserving life stories for nearly as long as I’ve been publishing this newsletter. The Association of Personal Historians (APH) is a wonderful non-profit organization that now numbers over 600 members and it continues to grow. I just renewed my annual dues and I consider it a very good investment. It helps me discover new and better ways and resources to help you preserve personal history, whether that story is your own or the story of your family, friends or organization.
While on the theme of a 50th anniversary I also want to congratulate Virginia and Severino Trujillo on their Golden Anniversary last month. They are two wonderful people that I am honored to know and love, and not just because they are my in-laws! I’m blessed to be married to my wife, Annette, and it is a bonus to have such a great mother-in-law and father-in-law.
Thank you for the opportunity to present another ezine issue to you. Feel free to email me with questions and comments. I welcome the feedback.
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While the main focus of this newsletter is to share thoughts, ideas, and insights on life story writing you should know that I offer various services and also mention some products and services that can be helpful. You are under no obligation to purchase anything, but if any of these products or services are helpful and you decide to utilize them then I am most grateful.
Thanks for reading. – Tom
Featured Article: Preparing Your StoryBy Tom Gilbert - Copyright February, 2008
When you make a decision to preserve a story or personal history you begin a journey. Like all journeys there is some necessary preparation. Let me offer a few basic life story preparation steps.
Decide What Story and Why.
Create a Memory List.
Budget the Time and Money.
These are a few of the necessary steps before you begin a life story project. I’ve just given you an overview so you will think more about it and appreciate better what some of what is required to tell your story. The next step is up to you. Visit Getting Started on my Your Life is Your Story website to get additional information.
You can read other articles on life-story writing here.
Resources You Can UseYour Life Changing Event
Chances are you’ve had at least one life changing experience with an impact so great it has altered how you live and how you view your life.
Your Life Changing Experience is worth writing about. Whether it was your marriage, recovering from a life threatening illness, the birth of a child, an incredible adventure, life altering career change or spiritual awakening, this seminal event in your life holds the key to unlock your life lessons and values. You could write about this in a few pages or as the basis of a book. Read the article here.
MemoryPress Books are a great way to share your life story. You can create beautiful books that commemorate a wedding, anniversary, graduation, career, your life story, funeral book or for any worthwhile reason.
You can start your MemoryPress Book process right away and for just $50. When you purchase your $50 publishing credit, you use MemoryPress FREE. It’s an incredible and user-friendly online way to build your story into a book. Upload pictures, invite others to contribute writing, select a cover and revise, edit and proof your book and then a turnkey process binds and prints it. Your entire $50 will go straight to publishing when you are finished with your memory book!
You can do the whole thing yourself with great customer support and instructions. If you find you need more help, like a writer or editor, I am available for hire to assist you and get that long awaited story to print. You can find out more at here.
The Highlight Site
The Your Life is Your Story website frequently features other personal history resources and providers that you can investigate on the web. Past highlights are preserved as well. I encourage you to check out our current spotlighted service, Stellar Media here.
If you want to recommend a site, or you have a life history service or resource that you are interested in being highlighted you can contact me to discuss.
Closing InformationThat’s it for this month’s issue. Thanks for reading. Be sure to visit our blog regularly, and here’s to telling your story. Do give it some serious consideration because I just know you’ve got a great story to tell! Be sure to see the Get Started section.
Any comments, ideas or feedback is greatly appreciated. Just reply to this ‘zine and tell me what you think!
Until next time, – keep your story alive!
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